Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Who Is Running Next Year (Part 1)

Flipping my calendar over yesterday jogged my recollection that in 53 short weeks we will be voting to elect a majority on the Costa Mesa City Council. Oh, yeah, we'll be electing a President, too, but that's a subject for another time.


t year there will be three seats up for grabs in Costa Mesa - those presently occupied by Eric Bever, Gary Monahan and Steve Mensinger. Jim Righeimer and Wendy Leece have two more years on their current terms.

Over the next few months there will be much speculation about who might run for those seats and what it might cost to secure one, both in terms of personal and donated treasure and loss of personal privacy and reputations.


Bever, our termed-out, part-time, part-time councilman, holds
the only seat guaranteed to not have the same fanny in the chair on the dais following the election. Since he seems to have been distracted most of the past year and has been absent from several important meetings and has said from the dais, "This is not what I signed up for!", it is assumed that almost anyone replacing him would be an improvement. Not necessarily so, grasshopper. It is possible to replace him with a more rabid member of the current power elite (using that phrase seems somehow very wrong) in our city.

Monahan, in my view, has sold out to that very same group and, based on his despicable actions on St. Patrick's Day, and his apparent abdication of the real power on the dais to Righeimer, has worn out his welcome on the council. Running and winning again would fill out his pension game card, so this will be an important race for him. Heck, he's already begun raising campaign funds by holding an event at his gin mill - a double-header of sorts.... get folks slightly sloshed and they fork over campaign contributions. Heck, some of them might just think they were paying their bar tabs. Confusion about campaign contributions is not new in Monahan's life, as the Surat Singh episode revealed a couple campaigns ago.


Mensinger planted his posterior in Katrina Foley's abandoned chair after receiving a whopping three (3) votes - exactly 12,994 fewer than his pal, Righeimer, did in the last election. As an aside, Righeimer received three fewer votes the last time than he did two years earlier when he ran and finished fourth. I guess a couple people had already figured him out by then.


Back to Mensinger. I don't know if he's going to run for election - not "re-election" - next year. He seems not particularly temperamentally disposed to going to all that trouble and spending all that money - someone else's money, but money, nonetheless. I doubt he would put up with all the grief that young Chris McEvoy endured late in the last election, when the full force of the OC GOP landed on him. And, since he's demonstrated that he's not intellectually and emotionally suited for any job that includes the word "service" - as in "public service" - I could see him NOT running. That's OK with me. I'm tired of seeing him snidely berating speakers, chiding Wendy Leece from the dais and texting to his pals during meetings. He could return to being the Grand Poona of all youth sports in the city - maybe the council could create a "czar" position for him - where he can call the shots without criticism and have his supporters line up to kiss the hem of his robe. He likes that kind of attention.


Who, then, might run for those three seats? Well, it's almost a foregone conclusion that Planning Commission Chair Colin McCarthy - another of the power elite jockeying to take over the town - will run. Just watch the commission meetings to see him in action. Heck, as President of the Costa Mesa Taxpayer's Association, he may have already hit you up for a few bucks for that organization via the US Mail lately. Get used to it - that won't be the last time he comes knocking on your door, looking for bucks.

Who else? He
re's one that you probably have not considered... termed-out County Supervisor John Moorlach. Yeah, a City Council seat means taking a pay cut, but Moorlach lives in Costa Mesa and has been part of "that group" mentioned above a couple times. And, he's fancied himself as another pension warrior - although his most recent battle ended up in a very expensive loss for the taxpayers of this county - so I could see him locked, arm-in-arm with Righeimer in Jim's ongoing attempt to destroy the public employee associations in our city.

Who else? Well, I'll stifle a chuckle as I write this one - Planning Commissioner, Sanitary District Board Member, moustache-grower and job seeker Jim Fitzpatrick. Yep, old JimmyFitzy seems poised to make the jump by gluing himself to the hip of Mensinger - you'll recall my Don Quixote/Sancho Panza reference from a few months ago.


Will Parks and Recreation Chairman Jeff Mathews toss his hat in the ring this time around? He's part of the OC GOP hierarchy - a member of the Central Committee - and seems eager enough. He certainly has been financially supportive of Righeimer and Allan Mansoor in the past, throwing lots of personal dollars at their campaigns.


And, what about young Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ethan Temianka? Is Righeimer's favorite little friend ready to step up, or will he be satisfie
d with a seat on the Planning Commission? He presented himself before the City Council Tuesday night to praise them for their "good" work. It was fanny-smooching at it's best - straight out of the JimmyFitzy play book.

And what about Allan Mansoor? "Are you nuts?" you ask. Well, maybe, but consider this. Mansoor has demonstrated NO skill in Sacramento. (No surprise to me) As a member of the minority party - and it ain't gonna get any better next time around - he has shown NO leadership. And, with the new Assembly District boundaries, he's going to face some VERY serious competition from other, much more well-heeled Republicans now that Newport Beach is part of his district. So, why not "come home", make another run for a council seat and, after four more years, retire on his nice, lucrative pension?

You'll note that I've not mentioned any other folks who might run opposing the power elite. That's the subject for another entry. Quite honestly, we have MANY wonderful, concerned folks who would make GREAT council members - working for all the residents of the city, not just placating masters further up the GOP food chain. However, I'm not sure any of them will be willing to do battle with the folks in power, who have already demonstrated that character assassination and deeply personal attacks are part of their game plan. That being said, I'll address my "wish list" for the other side of the equation in the near future.

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Anonymous Question said...

Geoff, what is the filing deadline? Thanks.

11/02/2011 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Mongo said...


11/02/2011 11:26:00 PM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

So much to do and so little time…

If we look back over the past 10 months and see how much “Damage” or “Good” (depending on which side of your pants you dress)was done; just think what this council can accomplish in the next 14 months… YES, they will be voting to “Make big changes” until January 2013.


Funny thing about the deadline to file; last election the council waited until the VERY last council meeting possible to accept and publish the “Candidates Manual”.

Many interested “Newcomers” were unable to get information about the City's requirements, costs and other pertinent info one needs to run for an elected City office; trust me, this book is filled with great information about what it takes to run for a City office.

The binder is about 2” thick and filled with rules and regulations; there is also a CD with more crap you'll need to know when filing; it takes about two grand, a 501(c)(3)and thick skin.

Now, to get this binder you will need to make a hour and a half appointment with our City Clerk, Miss Julie (that is if she still works here) for a page by page review of the binder making sure you completely understand how to fill out each form and dates they must be submitted… in MY opinion, this must be why Messiahinger didn’t run… to much homework. LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL

I regress… sorry!

Each election binder is assembled and must be approved by the seated council; this council can make any changes prior to being published… it will be interesting comparing the binder I got in 2010 to the one these jokers will be submitting this time... one can only HOPE there will be more than 11 days to review the binder this election.

11/03/2011 07:18:00 AM  
Anonymous OCGOPfan said...

Good job on naming the prospective new council members. Mensinger and Monahan will win easily. The public has had it with the unions and will show up in great numbers to defeat any union backed candidate. The union endorsement will be the death of anyone's chances. It is the perfect wedge issue. Last election it was throw out the incumbents and this election it will be to stick it to the unions. The improvers will run only one other candidate and that will be McCarthy. Fitzpatrick will replace Leece in 2014 most likely but Jeff Mathews may be the one. As for character assassinations I believe you are accusing the wrong side here Geoff. It is the Genis crowd that has been doing this non stop for the last year at every council meeting. Genis should run for council along with Humphries and Valantine. They have experience and are articulate if they have to be. They are definitely polar opposites to the three M's who will be running. It would provide a clear cut choice for the voters.

11/03/2011 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Boris said...

Geoff Comrade,

I see you are in full force today with your hatred toward our city council. Glad to see some things never change.

I would like to know what YOU do for Costa Mesa other than spew anger on this blog. Are you handing out food at the local homeless shelter or donating lots of money to charity or perhaps you volunteer your time somewhere. What else do you do other than try to tear down everyone that is not politically aligned with you?

11/03/2011 08:52:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

"Boris.....vee mus kill squirrrrel"..---- Natasha

11/03/2011 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous AngryOldMen said...

Geoff (NIMBY) West fights to prevent job centers on the eastside. He also throws in his support for job centers on the westside far far away from his neighborhood. The rest of the time he just complains about anything and everything.

11/03/2011 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Greg Diamond said...

Good (and in some cases quite creative) job, Geoff. I look forward to the seeing Moorlach-Mansoor battle royale (if it happens.)

So if and when Dana R. loses or retires, how many Republican candidates do you see coming along? Double digits? Triple digits?

11/03/2011 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

Once again, Geoff, you tolerate the “Kool-Aid” drinkers and allow them to post their shitza; accusing you of hate speak and bias… remind me, who’s the black kettle?

Your article has 14 paragraphs :

#1 - Nope, no hate.

#2, #3 – Nope, not here.

#4 – All factual, although you could deem “rabid” a bit harsh.

#5 - OK, this one mixes fact with some distain.

#6 – All factual; if you don’t like the facts… sorry. No hate here.

#7 – Mostly conjecture; “Czar” is not hate speak.

#8 – No hate, just a bit of the “Ole GW” tongue-in-cheek humor.

#9 – Supposition; destroy the Public Emplyee Assoc. / harsh, not hate.

#10 – Hate!

#11 – Facts, not hate.

#12 – Not even Geoff could HATE this cute little boy.

#13 – Right to the edge of… well.

#14 – Again, conjuncture, not hate.

11/03/2011 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Natasha said...


What do YOU do for Costa Mesa?

You would have to be nuts to hand out food at the local shelter in fear of one of those nut jobs attacking you.

I'm sure you have no problem inviting any and all homeless to your home for dinner. Hey, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Please feel free to post your name and address so we can make fliers for you and hand them out in Lions Park.

How much of your money do you donate to charity? An estimate would be fine for the bloggers.


11/03/2011 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Greg Diamond,
The next year will be VERY interesting here in the Newport-Mesa. I think Mansoor is a loser, for sure, in his run for re-election. Maybe Moorlach will run for his Assembly seat instead of the Costa Mesa council... too soon to tell. Moorlach could be a tough opponent for Leslie Daigle.

The OC GOP is trying to build a "bench" here in Costa Mesa. I think Righeimer smells Dana's seat, so to speak, and expects to be anointed by the powerful folks. He's been Dana's chief fundraiser and got his gig on the Costa Mesa planning commission as payback by Mansoor for his, and Dana's, support during his re-election run. Should be interesting.

11/03/2011 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Who ya gonna call? said...

I look forward to see who West could possibly suggest might be able to pick off a seat.

It will come down to who the Union will support.

West, don't keep me in suspense for long.

11/03/2011 01:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Felix said...

Obviously Geoff must be active in a school PTA or a Boy Scout troop leader or CERT program or city volunteer or philanthropist or man of the cloth or something, anything that is beyond just tearing down others. I must be smoking liberal crack because I can’t imagine Geoff gives nothing back to this world - other than his hate-filled, antagonistic left wing liberal garbage.

There must be something more to you Geoff. Please tell us. I want to know also.

11/03/2011 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Thank you very much for your kind comments. (Note tongue firmly tucked into cheek).

Don't you find it easy to stand behind the veil of anonymity and throw stones? It doesn't take much in the way of intestinal fortitude to criticize from behind a tree.

I do what I do and am VERY comfortable with the contribution I make to the discussion of important issues in this community. Thanks for asking.

11/03/2011 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Real Costa Mesa Resident said...

2012 will be very interesting. The Spitzer race for Supervisor will educate every voter in Orange County about what a rip-off 3% at 50 is--watch Spitzer do a complete 180 on that hot potato!

By the time the election comes Nick Thugadino and his goons will have spent hundreds of thousands trying to assasinate good candidates and the voters will have a choice--give the City to the unions, or keep it for the residents. Regardless of who runs, the outcome will be a win for Costa Mesa and a loss for the unions. Stay tuned!

11/03/2011 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Do as West says ... said...

Funny how West has never, not once, ever called anyone out who disparages the Council. You can hide all you want as long as you focus your angry and emotional comments at City Council.

But, if you point those comments towards West or his band of merry tinfoil hat wearing supporters, they take issue.

I sit in wait for West’s overview of who will run that he thinks is a good Candidate. That is going to be lots of fun and giggles. Let the games begin

11/03/2011 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Felix the cat said...


Tell us Felix, what do you do to contribute to Costa Mesa? Please submit your resume next time you post. Oh and tell your friend Boris to do the same.

Thank You, that is all!...=)

11/03/2011 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Give a Hand to Geoff said...

I got to hand it to you Geoff. You must be the most popular blogger in Costa Mesa. Your last entry had 44 comments at last count. It is rare that even the Daily Pilot has as many comments. Even people that clearly disagree with you, can't wait to come here and give their misguided opinions. That Repupublic of Costa Mesa blog usually only has a only a couple of comments and it agrees with everything the council says or does, along with bashing you on every post. People eagerly await what you have to say. If they thought you had no merit, they would just stay away. They must believe that you have influence here. So give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it.

11/03/2011 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Felix the cat said...

@Give a Hand to Geoff,

I may be a Geoff suck-up but you take it a bit too far.

11/03/2011 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Hey! There's no such thing as too much sucking up! :-) :-)

11/03/2011 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil L. said...

Here's the thing about this blog. Only two types blog on here. Residents (who use their real names) and non-residents (usually employees, labor beneficiaries, etc.) who use fake names.

I have always used my real name-Phil, Northside Phil, Philly, etc. I'm a resident, voter and concerned citizen. I blog here and ocassionally write in the Daily Pilot because I care about my City. I may not agree with some residents comments, but I take them to heart. They use real names, they vote, they matter.

Those that use fake names I could care less about. It's as if they don't exist. I don't care what a non-resident thinks about how to run my City. We've lived here 23 years and I hope to make it to another 23 (doubtful at my age)

The point is that value of the blog is to listen to comments by actual people, not made up names, even if you don't agree with them. This blog is not and never will be, a barometer for politics in Costa Mesa. Whether it's 44 comments or 1. It's a place for people's opinions. Only a few of those opinions matter because only a few of those on here are real residents. Of course, we will never who really is a resident and voter.

11/03/2011 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous The real felix the cat said...

@Felix the Cat

It's nice when people steal screen names. Not nice, fake Felix the cat. I was the first person to post under that name.

Nice try!

11/03/2011 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

Hell, I'm thinking about running, just for the fact that I can't stand the management style of the city council. It's the worst way to manage people.

I'll have to see what throwing the hat in the ring entails, but I'm thinking about it. They can personal attack all they want to, but the citizens know the difference between walking the walk and just talking. Your personal life has nothing to do with the job at hand.

11/03/2011 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

First, some unfinished business... the first comment on this thread asked about the filing period. OC Longhair gave us an excellent summation of the "process", but not the dates. Per City Clerk Julie Folcik, the filing period for a City Council seat next year is Monday, July 16th through Friday, August 10th.

Phil L., do you see the irony in your last comment? The fact that you use a pen name, even though it may be part of your real name, puts you in the same category with anyone else posting here using a pen name. The day you actually use your real, whole name here is the day you set yourself apart from the rest. You're still welcome here, even though we clearly disagree on almost everything. As I've said many times, I welcome divergent opinions here - it helps flesh out the discussion.

As to the value of this blog - it is what it is. It's a place where I post my opinion on issues that interest me. I try to provide facts when available and fill in some of the blanks with my opinion. I'm a happy guy when the discussion is robust without being discourteous - doesn't happen often. The fact that some folks don't like what I write doesn't really bother me, but it certainly bothers them to the point that they resort to juvenile name-calling instead of attempting to debate an issue.

Felix the Cat(s) - please, no cat fights here... It does get complicated when two (or more) attempt to use the same pen name. Just as I don't permit "Anonymous", if it gets to be a problem I'll just delete the comments without posting... play nice.

11/03/2011 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Guess who said...

Yes Phil, we all know who you are, a unemployed Costa Mesa "tax payer" bla, bla, bla.....I have news for you, we all pay taxes and Costa Mesa is currently being run by outsiders that dont give a rats a$$ about this city. Even Riggy is a renter who arrived in town just a few years ago.

I know for a fact that Riggy & Messingil post here under anonymous names. Get off your high horse because no one cares

11/03/2011 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Using a pen name said...

Geoff - I am weighing in on your comment to Phil L. and the use of pen names. I can think of a couple of good reasons why people choose to use pen names and you should be thankful that they do - much information is imparted here by people in the know who would not otherwise divulge it without the protection of a pen name. Either a blogger accepts them and they are not an issue - ever - or a blogger does not accept them and they are not an issue - ever. By accepting them and then criticizing people for using them, you put them in a no-win situation. I suggest you stick to addressing the issues, not the people who raise them.

11/03/2011 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Using a Pen Name,
As you certainly know, I've "accepted" folks using pen names here - I just won't let them use "Anonymous". I understand completely why some folks feel it is necessary to hide their actual identity. My preference, of course, would be for everyone to use their own names, but I know that's not realistic.

My comment to Phil L. was to correct his apparent impression that using a first name and initial somehow "identified" him... it doesn't and, as I said to him, he is no more "identified" than you are. I thought that was clear, but I guess not, otherwise you wouldn't have gotten your shorts in a knot over it. I'll try to do better in the future.

11/03/2011 07:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Daisy Mae said...

Hey Using A Pen Name...It was Phil L that brought up the comment about pen names saying only residents use their real names. Geoff was only commenting on what Phil L said. What is it about people that twist everything around? The original comment from Phil L is there for everyone to see. Geoff can comment on he wants here. It is his blog.

11/03/2011 07:20:00 PM  
Blogger Moon said...

The Orange County Republican party runs costa mesa. The voters do not. In the last election the voters chose Chris McEvoy, but the city council chose Steve Mensinger. The voters were not informed, during the election, by Mr. Righiemer, that he planned to cut 400+ city jobs and have that work contracted to private companies.

That was dishonest campaigning by Mr. Righeimer. Mr. Righiemers actions around the state sale of the OC fairgrounds did not align with the voters interests as they proved when asked.

The issue to me is 'who' is the current city council actually representing? They certainly have not followed the wishes of the voters on two separate and distinct occasions. For me that means that Mr. Bever, Mr. Monahan, and Mr. Mensinger have not earned public trust and do not deserve to represent the voters of this town.

11/03/2011 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous DEBATE the issue said...

"The fact that some folks don't like what I write doesn't really bother me, but it certainly bothers them to the point that they resort to juvenile name-calling instead of attempting to debate an issue."

Well said.

11/03/2011 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Moon, the associations tried to warn the voters about Righeimer. Remember that rolling billboard? It was and still is being characterized as a "personal attack" on Riggy. I suppose if you overlook that it was the truth and no one wanted to listen the Riggy Clan would have a point.

In the end, history will judge Righeimer, and all of his lap dogs. I suspect that people will be lining up to tell their stories about Mensinger, Monahan, McCarthy and the rest this next election season. No annecdotal attacks. Real people with real stories speaking to these men's lack of character and ethics.

11/04/2011 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous nevernervous said...

Yes Andrew YES!! Run a campaign based on personal destruction of the men. a winning strategy every time! hopefully the stories are more credible than the yarns spun by genis, leffler, and that angry grandmother. a visionary campaign is beyond the ability of the usual whiners, they only react and wonder what happened and complain whilr eveyone else is moving forward. So, yes, "stories" about the men are the best basis for you to run a losing campaign on. Godspeed Andrew!

11/05/2011 07:10:00 AM  
Blogger feral390 said...

Will the chest bumping non elected mensinger run for a council seat? or is the strategy to appoint (again) him to a high ranking director or ceo position in city hall? The council previously touted an economic development director position that I believe remains unfilled. Maybe mensingers vast expertise (lol) in running successful businesses would be reason to appoint him to a $200,000 a year city job and giving the OCGOP an "inside man"

11/05/2011 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Right Wing Wacko said...

Given what you council haters have to offer (Genis, Chris, grandma lady, etc.) I would gladly vote for a Mensinger, Righeimer or McCarthy.

11/05/2011 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Give'm enough rope said...


Andrew"s arrogant sense of entitlement is evident. It will show in the Charter City initiative from he and other public safety chums.

They won't learn and it will be more evident in the heated election cycle.

They are now up against professional negotiators. It is showing and they grow angry.

Stay motivated, any enjoy the behavior sink'm.

11/05/2011 12:31:00 PM  

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